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. president obama set to meet with his top team today to figure out what the u.s. should do when it comes to the crisis in syria. as two navy destroyers remain in the region in case they're needed. is the u.s. preparing a strike? >>> and no baby, a giant panda is a proud new mom today giving birth to her third cub. the eyes of the world watching their every move. we'll go live to the zoo to see how everyone's doing. today's saturday, august 24th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill. live from rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everyone, welcome to "today" on a saturday morning, i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. tom, of course, with us because jenna is on maternity leave and is now officially a mom. >> she tweeted out about half an hour ago. said, survived first night home with harper, but just barely. she's got pipes. >> as a parent, jenna, i can tell you the crying will stop after about a week. trust me on that. everything will be fine. >> right? and it's not fair how the babies sleep for the first few days and you think piece of cake
concerns once again. craig. >>> president obama's trying to get a little r & r today as he and the first family vacation on martha's vineyard. of course no president really gets to unplug really. he has a number of major issues on his plate. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning. >> hey, craig. good morning. gun control, immigration reform, grand bargain on the budget, all of those things of course are on hold right now. has the president's second-term agenda, has it already stalled out? >> it does seem to be a neutral in a couple ways. one, there are the distractions, those things the president didn't count on including the leaking of this nsa program, the series of programs he's got to defend and try to reform. you mentioned gun control, other issues. i also think he has some of these interact problems especially with issues like immigration. this is the legacy item, this is a big campaign item and it does not appear to be heading in the direction that the president would want, let alone the fact you refer to the budget and continuing to fund the governmen
. this is where dr. king said those iconic words back in 1963 where president obama will deliver a speech of his own in a few hours and take a look at that very spot 50 years ago today where martin luther king had that poignant statement that's been a call to action so many generations afterwards. >> when you read about the history of this and think of the preparation, a quarter of a million people gathered on that day 50 years ago in a violence-free protest against a lack of civil rights and jobs. >> a moment that means so much to so many. al is there. he's in washington. he'll speak with the son of martin luther king jr. in a moment. we will begin with some breaking news. the crisis in syria. >> even as the u.s. military prepares to launch missiles at syria, a group of renegade computer hackers with close ties to the syrian military rallied to the defense of syrian president bashir al assad by attacking, of all things, "the new york times" and twitter. for the second time in two weeks, "the new york times" website crashed on tuesday. a group of computer hackers called the syrian electronic arm
bit later. >>> and there is a controversy at the state fair pap rodeo clown donned a president obama mask and then announcers openly mocked. well, residents and policies on both sides of the aisle are not happy. details on that. >>> breaking news near orlando this morning. a sinkhole causing a resort to partially collapse. our nbc affiliate is in orlando this morning. marina, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. quite the scare for guests here. this resort is about 6 miles out from walt disneyworld. many of the guests coming back from the night after spending all day at the parks and once they got into their room they reported hearing popping noises, window shattering. emergency crews here in minutes and evacuating all 36 guest from two buildings affected by this sinkhole, and all of them accounted for and thankfully no injuries reported. the elevator was the first part to go once the ground gave way and about 3:00 this morning the west wing of one of the buildings also tearing away from the rest of the structure. >> what are you hearing from officials about
on the terror threat. president obama is being briefed on the latest. he was updated by national security council adviser susan rice after his top security team met to discuss the threat. >> there are 22 u.s. embassies and consulates shut down today across 17 muslim nations, and that's to keep those who work there safe. and the one in yemen which is considered high risk with al qaeda gaining a foothold there. >> let's get the latest from richard engel. good morning. he's live in cairo this morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. diplomatic activity around the world has been severely disrupted by the series of closures. behind me is the u.s. embassy in cairo that is closed today. it's closed because of the security threat. u.s. embassy officials have told us they're still assessing new information to determine when they could reopen. it's not a good time to be a u.s. diplomat in the muslim world today. with u.s. embassies shuttered, 22 of them from kabul to cairo. and beyond. it's the first time a general alert this sweeping has been issued since the u.s. braced for retaliation after a
more retile, but out of jail. >> richard edged in cairo, thank you. 6 >>> the obama administration is releasing acknowledging that the nsa was ordered by a federal judge in 2011 to stop scooping up thousands of communication from americans with no connection to terrorism. the court ruled the nsa's actions were unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem. >>> embattled san diego mayor bob filner has reached a tentative deal involving a sexual harassment lawsuit. the 70-year-old mayor is facing allegations from at least 17 women. this is amateur video of filner leaving city hall on wednesday night. san diego city attorney says a proposed resolution has been reached, and will be presented to city council on friday. >>> fire fighting resources are being stretched to the limits, as crews continue to battle 50 fires, and out-of-control fire is threatening about 2500 structures near yosemite in california. and in idaho, the beaver creek has now burned more than 100,000 acres. nbc's miguel almaguer was given rare access, with the bird's-eye view with a veteran helicopter. >>
to be coming out o the arabian peninsula. you'll recall president obama met with the president of yemen earlier this week. there have also been a number of drone attacks in yemen this past week alone. now the british also closing down their embassy in yemen for at least two days. we don't have any word on how long the u.s. embassies will be closed. they will close down on sunday, possibly longer. we'll have to wait and see about that. we know that president obama has been briefed. he'll continue to be briefed throughout the weekend. now, if you or a loved one planning to travel overseas, u.s. officials say the best thing to do is to log on to the state department website, you'll find a lot of information there. you can also register your travel plans there. >> kristen, thanks. >>> as these terror fears mount the u.s. embassy in cairo is one of the embassies on the list to be closed on sunday. near the embassy. ayman, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. the u.s. embassy behind me normally would be open on a sunday morning. it's the beginning of a workweek here. but instead, it's goi
morning. ready to strike. decision time at the white house. president obama weighing u.s. military options in syria. could airstrikes come within days? nbc's ann curry and richard engel are in the region with live reports. >>> developing story. that raging wild fire near yosemite now posing a new threaten dang gerg san francisco's water and power supplies. >>> and state of emergency. that's what hollywood is under according to the mayor of los angeles as more movie and television shows abandon california. what he wants to do to end that trend today, tuesday, august 27th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" at 7:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer and this is al roker and tamron hall. something like 90,000 jobs could be lost. billions of dollars. >> it's a huge deal because for some it is the price of doing business in hollywood has become expensive. we'll have more on that story in a few moments. we'll have more to get to, includin
and the arab world. a big test for president obama. >> it's the credibility of the united states. if we're not willing to punish regimes that violate international law. if we're not willing to act on our own red lines then no other country, friend or foe, will take us seriously. >> the pentagon has it's target list ready for limited air strikes. nothing is imminent but this is moving very, very quickly. back to you, savannah. >>> andrea mitchell, thank you very much. republican senator bob corker of tennessee is the ranking member on the foreign relations committee. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah, good to be with you. >> good to be with you as well. my first question is is u.s. credibility really on the line here? if your mind, is military action now required, no longer an option? >> well, savannah, i do think that the administration feels like that there's no question chemicals were used. i think they're rallying support around our nato allies. hopefully they'll come to congress with an authorization as soon as we get back. i think action is going to occur. i think we r
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at assad is necessary. president obama who ran for office on ending the iraq and afghanistan wars now admits he's on the verge of ordering a u.s. military strike against syria because of the assad regime's use of chemical weapons. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us that they are held accountable. >> reporter: in that interview with pbs, the president argued that because the assad regime has ties to terrorist organizations, u.s. national security is at stake. >> there is a prospect, a possibility in which chemical weapons that can have devastating effects could be directed at us. >> reporter: as the new cover of "time" out this morning demonstrates, this is a decision the commander in chief of a war-weary nation enters reluctantly. and he's not alone. a growing number of members of congress on both sides of the aisle are calling for a vote to authorize a u.s. attack. republican house speaker john boehner has penned a letter to
. >> the question now, will president obama still meet president putin at a summit here in moscow scheduled for early september and just before the g-20 in st. petersburg. that meeting is now looking a lot less likely. >> thank you. we want to get the white house reaction. let's go to peter alexander on duty there. good morning. what is the fallout there? >> savannah, good morning to you. this is going to strain already tense relationships between the two countries. no immediate reaction to the officials in the white house. they're still crafting the exact language, u.s. officials are in this case. be very clear. this is not the result the obama administration wanted in this case. for the last several months, they have been pressing, they have been pressuring the kremlin to expel edward snowden from that country because there's no extradition treaty between the u.s. and russia. in many way, their hands are tied. the president said i'm not going to scramble jets for a 29-year-old hacker. you heard from jim maceda saying just last week attorney general eric holder sent a letter to his counter
't rule one out either. president obama gathered his national security team. congressional leaders given classified briefings. >> there's been a lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. >> this specific threat that we have been briefed on over and over again has reached a new level. >> reporter: senior intelligence officials say the plot originates with yemen with al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, the same group that mailed explosives in a printer to chicago. the group has a uniquely skilled bombmaker and is seeking revenge after its commander was killed last month in a drone strike. the group's leader was once bin laden's secretary and is well connected to al qaeda's top leadership. >> in many ways it's more dangerous. now we have 2.0 or 3.0 which is widely dispersed a younger generation coming up with new ideas. not necessarily repeating what they did in the past. >> reporter: among those new ideas and new tactics, savannah, we are told that al qaeda militants in yemen have been
to stand down, katy. thank you very much. >>> now from power ball to politics. president obama is receiving support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for his decision to cancel an upcoming summit with russian president vladimir putin. andrea mitchell has the latest on this story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. president obama's relationship with vladimir putin was always frosty before edward snowden. now that snowden has been given asylum in russia, though, it's more like a deep freeze. this is not a match made in heaven. seen in what could charitably be called happier times, the obama/putin marriage could be headed for divorce or at least some serious counseling. >> there have been times where they flip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. >> already divided over syria, putin asigh limb lum -- asylum for edward snowden was one insult too many. >> president obama could not be seen as going there hat in hand saying, after being rebuffed and having snowden refused to be turned over. >> getting tough with the american president plays well at home. appar
sunglasses. you know all the presidents? >> yeah. >> who is our current president? >> barack obama. >> who was our first president? >> george washington. >> who was our 15th president? you can say anything. the most of us don't know. i want to hear the rest of those 44 presidents. we are going to see some pretty hot temperatures right in the middle of the country. that's where it still feels like summer. temperatures will be about 15, almost 20 degrees above normal with highs today in the mid to upper 90s, high humidity. so it is going to be brutally hot out that way so naturally we do have excessive heat watches and warnings up across minnesota, parts of wisconsin, and into iowa as well. there's also in that same area the chance where we could see some strong storms this afternoon and the chance of some hail and also some >>> and today's top spot comes to us from alaska. our affiliate ktuu and the alaska state fair in palmer, alaska, is right outside of anchorage. the fair seen this year is fun matters which i think should be the theme every year. coming up eny great alaskan food and ente
obama's doing in handling this situation, and lawmakers are voicing their own concerns following a briefing. andrea mitchell, good morning. >> good morning. the white house shared intelligence with top members of congress but only by telephone leaving many wondering and wanting a lot more detail on this mission. even though the white house does plan to go it alone without a key ally. >> reporter: as protesters outside demonstrated against any military action against syria, inside, the national security team scrambled to build support for targeted strikes, briefing key members of congress by telephone thursday night. defense secretary hagel called in from the philippines. the president did not join the call. >> i was really disappointed in that. one of the things that has really bothered me is the president drawing a red line without knowing, in his mind, what he would do if he crossed the red line. >> i do think he needs to come up and consult with congress. again, you know, a few phone calls and those kinds of things, you have to have a robust discussion. >> others on the call i
the president will instead travel to sweden, and last night president obama said terrorists depend on us being terrorized, but we are going to live our lives. president obama made his first comments about the threat. >> it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution, and it's a reminder, that in all the significant steps we have made that this radical violent extremism is still out there, and we have to stay on top of it. >> we would not say whether the nsa surveillance programs tipped the u.s. off on it. >> i think the general rule is to snow common sense and use caution. >> what i say to them and what i say to president putin, is that's the past, you know, and we have got to think about the future. >> the president insisted he will attend the g-20 summit next month. >> if russia wants to uphold the olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation should have nothing to do with it. >> about hillary clinton. >> she had the post election glow, and two weeks later after leaving the white h
to govern the country for long. the obama administration is weighing it's response. the state department putting a hold on economic aid to the government. but no change yet to critical military aid, though that could come. >> there's other strategic issues here including the safety and stability of israel. >> the u.s. faces a tough choice. stick with its long-time ali, which claims it needs support now more than ever to fight terrorism, or back away. while washington appears to be wavering, saudi arabia, kuwait, the ua and jordon have all come out strongly in support of egypt's military. >>> richard engle, thanks so much. a team from the united nations is in syria's capitol this morning to investigate the use of chemical weapons. they accused each other of using chemical weapons while denying it themselves. the u.n. team is expected to be there for about two weeks. >>> the first family is back in washington this morning after a nine-day vacation on martha's vineyard. they arrived back at the white house late last night. the president spent most of his vacation out of private view. today
could lead to war with syria? president obama addressed that issue in an interview earlier this morning. >> that starts getting to core national interests that the united states has. both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating, as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> for the latest on the information in syria let's go to nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, in cairo with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. the administration is weighing it's options trying to figure out what happened in syria and who was responsible before taking any action, let alone military action. the un secretary general says if it's proved that chemical weapons were used by any party it would be a crime against humanity and should result in serious consequences. meanwhile, russia which is an ally of the syrian regime has joined other nations in calling u.n. inspectors who are in dam
. >> reporter: meanwhile the obama administration is hinting that it may cancel a key summit between putin and obama here in early september before the g-20 meets. snowden's father continues to makes waves across continents. >> thank you very much. >>> wall street has its eye on this morning's all-important jobs report. natalie has more on that. >> that's right. encouraging signs for the u.s. economy this morning. the u.s. jobs report is out. it shows 162,000 jobs were added last month, and it's cautioned about drawing down the stimulus economic program. monday appears to be the deadline for new york yankees' alex rodriguez to accept a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs or face a ban. >> reporter: no word from major league baseball about alex rodriguez this as news reports surfaced that talks between both parties have broken down. nbc sports reported earlier a-rod was given two choices, one a long-term suspension, and failing that the commission is said to be mulling a possible lifetime ban, and he would not be allowed to play, but he would be allowed to appeal the ban if that occu
to the recent closures in the middle east. president obama will hold a news conference today where he is expected to address the growing tension with russia. chuck todd is at the white house with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. as you know it will be the first time we will hear from the president since the decision by the white house to snub vladimir putin in russia and not attend a summit there in moscow, and we will hear the president's explanation on that, and this is a press conference that should be all over the map, the end of the summer type of conference, if you will, and the president headed for vacation tomorrow for ten days in martha's vineyard, and you should expect questions all over the map, from health care to immigration, and it's a disappointing end of the summer for the president. three months ago he thought it would be a press conference where it would be a big success, signing an immigration reform bill, and that is not anywhere in sight, and he has the implementation of the health care, and it's a precarious position he is in as he hea
be alive inside an air pocket. >>> the rodeo clown who wore a president obama mask during a performance at the missouri state fair has been banned for life. fair officials say they're also reviewing their contract with the company that ran the event. the incident sparked outrage nationwide after video of the event went viral. spectators were asked if they wanted to see obama run down by a bull. fair officials did not release the identity of the clown. >>> sentencing is underway right now for former congressman jesse jackson jr. jackson pleaded guilty to stealing some $750,000 from his campaign fund. his wife sandra will also be sentenced this morning in washington, d.c. jackson is hoping the judge will consider giving him probation. >>> rising political story cory booker is one step closer to a u.s. senate seat this morning after winning the democratic primary tuesday night. the newark, new jersey, mayor will face off with republican steve lone began in an october special election. lone began is the former mayor of bogota, new jersey. >>> now to wall street and what is moving the market
is taking over late night. barrack obama will be jay leno's guest tonight on "the tonight show. " do you know how many times he has been on the show. >> his fifth time. >> this will be his sixth visit overall. >> he likes it. you can catch at this 11:35, 10:35 central here on nbc. >> let's get a check of the headlines. >> good morning everyone. the emergency evacuation of americans from yemen is underway this morning. the air force is transporting nonessential u.s. diplomatic personnel out of yemen because of an al qaeda terrorist threat. this follows the closing of a dozen diplomatic missions in the middle east and north africa. a gunman opened fire in a town hall building in pennsylvania. it happened in a meeting in ross township, pennsylvania. they say newell used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot through the wall of the building and into the meeting. five people were injured including the shooter. he was taken into custody. >>> autopsies are being done today on two young boys killed apparently by an escaped python. police in new brunswick, canada, say the victims, a 5 and a 7-year-old,
president was scheduled to meet up with president obama later this week >> janet in houston for us, thank you. now to a dramatic scene that played out just across the scene from us at 30 rock. a cab crashed into a crowded sidewalk and severely injured a tourist. a woman that owes her life to a group of good samaritans including one you'll recognize dr. oz. kristen is at the scene of the accident and has the story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. i'm around the corner from where you are. a street we all walk on every day. busy at any time of the day. the cab came up here barrelling on to the sidewalk and hit a cyclist and british tourist. she was here. her body ended up here and the cab ended up all the way here and it was her very first day here in new york. >> reporter: it took only an instant to turn the crowded summer street corner into a gruesome scene. >> he either gunned it or meant to hit the brake and hit the accelerator, but that cab took off. there was at least one woman standing on the sidewalk that got smashed. >>> diane green, a young british woman was thrown
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